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I am outraged that the fate of vulnerable civilians – sick and injured people, children and the elderly, all in need of critical and life-saving support – rests mercilessly in the hands of parties who have consistently and unashamedly failed to put them above narrow political and military interests.
Brien said no patients and family members were evacuated during the three-day Russian unilateral ceasefire last week which ended on Saturday with a resumption of air strikes and a surge in ground fighting.
Families are at "extreme risk" of being caught in crossfire, tens of thousands may end up besieged or held as human shields and thousands could be forcibly expelled.
We expect that homes, schools and cholera treatment facilities have been destroyed and that water systems, roads and bridges have been severely damaged.
The health care system in eastern Aleppo is all but obliterated.
Any breakdown is going to set us back.
Besiegement it's not a weapon of war, it is a flagrant, unjustifiable breech of the law – law which the besieging parties have signed up to. Even if not today, one day there will be no hiding place for the individuals and institutions callously, cynically perpetrating these war crimes.
The only remaining deterrent it seems is that there will be real accountability in the court of world opinion and disgust, goodness knows nothing else seems to be working to stop this deliberate and gratuitous carnage of lives lost.
Let me be clear: If this callous attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of humanitarians, it would amount to a war crime.
The perpetrators should know that they will one day be held accountable for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Our condition has deteriorated to the point of being unbearable. We withstood for four years but we couldn't any longer.
It's difficult, but we have no choice.
At all times I will look at any kind of suggestion which enables humanitarian aid to be delivered.
I told the council that the operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking as violence and attacks across Syria increase. We need the consent of the Syrian government and all necessary security guarantees, in order to conduct airdrops.
We need greater facilitation by the authorities at every level, whether it's here in Sanaa or in Hodeidah or elsewhere in Yemen. The authorities, whoever they are, need to able to give us great and quick facilitation, not put administrative burdens in our way, not to distrust us.
We have managed to avert what otherwise might have descended into the technical description of famine, but it is very very tight.
Since March 2015, more than 35,000 casualties, including over 6000 deaths, have been reported by health facilities across the country. The United Nations has confirmed that at least 2,997 of those killed and 5,659 of those injured are civilians.
Let me be clear: the continued suffering of the people in Syria cannot be blamed on humanitarian organizations and staff. It is the failure of both the parties and the international community that have allowed this conflict to continue for far too long.
Such inaction is simply unacceptable. The impact on the ground is tangible: in 2013, we reached some 2.9 million people through the inter-agency convoy mechanism, but only 620,000 (in 2015).
More and more people are slipping out of our reach every day as the conflict intensifies and battle lines tighten.
Its vehicles were not used to take anyone out of Madaya.
Around 400 people have been identified who must be evacuated immediately. We must seek to do this and put the arrangements in place as soon as at all possible for medical treatment or they are in grave peril of losing their lives.
I am absolutely horrified by the total disregard for civilian life by all parties in this conflict. Attacks on civilians are unlawful, unacceptable and must stop.
We can see from the devastation to the Governor's offices and the municipal buildings behind just what effects the conflict is having upon the infrastructure as well as the people here in this particular community.
Millions are facing the threat of famine because food assistance is not reaching them, and countless wounded are dying because hospitals are closing down due to lack of fuel.